NEW YORK -- Hotels are the hot news on Antigua. Properties are
celebrating renovations, reopenings and anniversaries.
Jumby Bay reopened Nov. 15 following a refit by its new owners
-- the team behind Jamaica's Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach
Club. The resort now offers nightly inclusive rates that range from
$475 to $700 per person, double.
All rooms have CD players, and all villas have televisions. Most
rooms have air conditioning, and the management hopes to have it
installed in all rooms by the end of January.
Jumby Bay said the rooms have been decorated to be "more homey"
with new artwork and fabrics. Brian Webb is the resort's new
The Rex Halcyon Cove reopened Dec. 15, and the Rex Blue Heron is
scheduled to open at the end of January. The hotels were closed
because of damage from Hurricane Jose, and Hurricane Lenny delayed
St. James's Club closed in September for a refurbishment
project. Guest rooms, the villas, public areas, restaurants and
bars were upgraded.
The villas reopened Dec. 15, and the rest of the resort is
scheduled to be back on line Feb. 8. European Plan rates will start
at $320 double, valid through March 31.
ABI Development Co., an Antiguan-based consortium, and
Tradewinds Resorts teamed up to buy Odyssey Antigua (aka Club
Antigua) and Jolly Harbour Villas. The Odyssey Antigua will be
rebranded the Jolly Beach Hotel.
The hotel has been closed for a renovation project and is
scheduled to reopen Jan. 22. Tradewinds will manage both
Sunsail Beach Club celebrated its one-year anniversary in
November and reported an overall occupancy rate of 70% for the
year. The Sunsail Beach Club was the former Colonna Beach
Weekly winter rates start at $870 per person, double. The price
covers unlimited water sports, the Children's Club, hotel taxes and
service charges and airport transfers.
The resort also introduced the Half Board Menu, which is a meal
plan that includes breakfasts daily, two lunches and four dinners.
Guests have the option of dining at the resort or at a local
The rate for children ages 3 to 12 is $499 when sharing a room
with their parents. Children ages 2 and younger stay for free in
their parents' room. Rates are valid through April 30, excluding
the holiday period.